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Ball State Cardinals vs Buffalo Bulls Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Buffalo BullsBall State Cardinals
Jan 23, 7:00 PM | Worthen Arena

Buffalo Bulls vs Ball State Cardinals Odds

6-12TEAM RECORD7-9

The visiting Buffalo Bulls hope to send their backers to the pay window on Wednesday as they look to cover the spread at Worthen Arena against the Ball State Cardinals.

This season, the Cardinals are 7-9 overall and 6-7 ATS ATS, while the Bulls are 6-12 and 4-12 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Ball State boasts a 5-5 on the OU, and Buffalo is 6-5-1.

View Buffalo vs Ball State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Cardinals installed as 1.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Cardinals - Bulls odds would favor the Bulls if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Ball State is rated No. 246 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Buffalo is at No. 177. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 63-60 win for the Bulls.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Ball State has the nation's No. 285-rated offensive output, at 62.1 PPG. The visiting Bulls defense ranks No. 181 allowing on average 66.4 PPG. The Cardinals FG% has averaged 41.1% so far, less than the Bulls marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.9% per game.

Defensively, Buffalo features the nation's No. 182-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.1 points per game. Ball State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 308 nationally in scoring at home.

Buffalo was a 68-65 winner in its last match at home against Bowling Green. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Bowling Green was victimized for 21 points and 14 rebounds by Javon McCrea as the Bulls bested the Falcons 68-65 in college basketball action on Saturday.

Ball State was a 71-57 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Central Michigan. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. Ball State got 14 points from Majok Majok but lost anyway, 71-57, to Central Michigan on Saturday at McGuirk Arena.

Buffalo Bulls Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Akron are 5-5
After playing Bowling Green are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

Ball State Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Miami (Ohio) are 4-6
After playing Central Michigan are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

A few Bulls at Cardinals trends to consider:
Buffalo is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Buffalo is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Ball State
Buffalo is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Ball State
Buffalo is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Ball State's last 8 games when playing Buffalo
Ball State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Buffalo
Ball State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Buffalo
Ball State is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Buffalo at Akron, Saturday, January 26
Ball State at Miami (Ohio), Saturday, January 26